What’s Happening

Northeast Regional Community Foundation – Now Accepting Grant Applications

Our mission is to build stronger communities by enhancing the philanthropic leadership of your community’s foundation, that’s why we’re happy to announce that the Northeast Regional Community Foundation will be granting a maximum $1,000.00 to registered charities based in Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Taylor, Hudson’s Hope and Pouce Coupe.

If your organization want to see your community grow to become more of a powerful force for societal change or  you are interested in finding ways to make your community a more vital place to live, work and play, then please call or email to get more information

*Grants are made only to organizations recognized by the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency as registered charities.  Applicants must demonstrate fiscal responsibility and have a committed volunteer board.  Organizations must be based in Peace Liard region or projects must benefit the residents of the Peace Liard region.

NE Regional Community Foundation Grant Application

NE Regional Community Foundation Grant Application

(Both links are fillable templates – completed applications and other required documentation can be emailed to Joanna Phinney at jphinney@communityfutures.biz .)

Deadline for application is March 30, 2018.


Junior Dragon’s Den is Coming to Dawson Creek!

Junior Dragons’ Den is coming to Northeast Region, BC in April and we’re looking for talented student entrepreneurs throughout the region who want to get their business idea off the ground. This includes Dawson Creek, Fort St John, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Pouce Coupe, Hudson Hope, Fort Nelson and surrounding areas.

Modelled after CBC’s “The Dragons’ Den”, students from Grades 7 to post-secondary level pitch their business idea to a group of live friendly dragons (a.k.a. the judges) for cash, prizes and a chance to compete in the Junior Dragons Den provincial championships. The competition will take place in Dawson Creek in April 2018 and the winners from each division, Junior (Grades 7-10), Senior (Grades 11-12) and Post Secondary, will travel to Trail, BC to compete in the provincial championships on May 5, 2018.

To enter the competition, students are asked to submit a 2-page business concept. Submissions are evaluated based on finances, marketability, and the product or service idea presented.  Successful applicants are then short-listed, matched with a mentor from the local business community, where they refine their concept, star in their own video, prepare a one-page business plan (with financials) and get ready for the live show.

“Community Futures Peace Liard is proud to join the Junior Dragons Den initiative”, stated Sue Kenny, GM at Community Futures Peace Liard. “The calibre of business concepts presented in past years has been amazing and we feel that this initiative complements our regions business community and entrepreneurial spirit very well”, stated Kenny.

Be sure to check out www.juniordragonsden.com/videos and www.juniordragonsden.com/photos for details on this year’s winners and stay tuned to www.facebook/juniordragonsden for the latest news. Registration is now opened. Download your participant package or contact Community Futures Peace Liard. Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2018.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities please contact:

Contact: Sue Kenny, CFDC Peace Liard p 1 877 296 5888 c 250 219 4285 e skenny@communityfutures.biz

Junior Dragons Den visit- http://www.juniordragonsden.com FB – Junior Dragons Den on FB

*Junior Dragons’ Den is a partnership between CFDC offices in: Greater Trail, Central Kootenay, Boundary, Revelstoke, East Kootenay, Peace Liard, CFBC, and CFDC Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program. Community Futures fosters local entrepreneurs through all phases of business from the pre-start-up phase to the expansion of an existing business. We offer entrepreneurial programs and training, business counselling, loan programs and a business library of resource material to people interested in expanding or starting a business. We also promote, co-ordinate and implement a wide variety of community economic development initiatives within the region.

Performance Results to Date

Community Futures is a program that supports community economic development and builds the capacity of communities to realize their full sustainable potential.  The purpose of the CF Program is to help communities develop and implement local solutions to local problems.

Here are some results from our projects and loans that we reported to our funder, Western Economic Diversification Canada:

CF Performance Reporting 2016 – 2017

CF Performance Reporting 2015 – 2016

2016 South Peace Business to Business Expo

The first South Peace Business to Business Expo, held October 12, 2016 at the EnCana Events Centre, was a huge success!  A big thank you to all sponsors and participants for supporting our event.  Please click on the link below to complete a short survey to assist us in planning for next year – we want to hear from you!



Click on the links below for the Presentations from the B2B Expo.

The Local Economy Solution – Michael H. Shuman

Site C Update – BC Hydro

Little Prairie Community Forest Presentation – Jeff Beale


News Release

The members of the Province’s new Rural Advisory Council have been announced, and Community Futures Peace Liard’s Sue Kenny has been appointed as one!  Click on the PDF link to learn more about the Council and the other appointed members:

Press Release – Rural Advisory Council Members

Northern BC Magazine

Download the CF Magazine 2016 and see how Community Futures helps entrepreneurs throughout Northern British Columbia!

BizShift Loans

Self Employment Program

Partnerships & Opportunities

Business Planning Workbook